If you love fish tacos as much as we do, you already know avocados are awesome— but we have a few more reasons to add to the list. Turns out this delicious green fruit (along with its skin, oil, and seeds), are good for your health in a number of ways. Here are some of our favorites:

Avocados treat metabolic syndrome.

Recent studies have shown that adding avocados to your diet could treat a cluster of symptoms that as many as 23% of American adults have been diagnosed with: Metabolic syndrome is a set of risk factors that increase the risk of other health problems, including: stroke, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Experts say that avocados should form a critical part of the healthy diet necessary to treat—and reverse—metabolic syndrome.

Avocados promote weight loss.

It may be as simple as eating one avocado a day. Half with lunch and half with dinner could lead to a significant loss of overall weight, body fat, and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Avocados keep your blood pressure down.

Along with helping fight metabolic syndrome and unhealthy weight gain, avocados can also help people with hypertension— and the constricting and hardening of the blood vessels. Every part of the awesome fruit— even the avocados’ seeds—can have such benefits when prepared properly.

Avocados lower “bad” cholesterol.

Of all the negative health conditions that can improve when adding avocados to your diet, they are most effective at lowering our cholesterol levels. According to Healthline:

“There are two main types of cholesterol carried by different types of lipoproteins. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are sometimes called “bad” cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can build up in your arteries, causing heart disease. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are referred to as “good” cholesterol.”

Studies show that people who consistently have avocados in their diet will see their LDLs and “bad” fats decrease— while increasing the HDLs or “good fats” in your body.

While the extent of the awesome benefits of avocados vary from person to person (according to diet, exercise, body type, genetics, and more), it’s never a bad idea from a nutrition standpoint to add these remarkable little fruits to your diet. Try one on toast, plain with a little salt, or blended in a smoothie when you get home. You’ll thank us later!

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